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InterBrews Ep. 1 – The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing

Welcome to Episode 1 of our new ATL by Day InterBrews series, “The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing!”

As a part of our focus on local Atlanta, this series will be all about putting the spotlight on Atlanta celebrities, artists, and residents while indulging in Atlanta’s latest and greatest brews. The interview hosts include veteran podcasters Chester & The Shrew from Unfinished Business, and members of our own team. For our first installment, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with English Nick of 97.1 The River and 10 High / Dark Horse’s Metalsome Live Karaoke. He’s been in the Atlanta music scene for decades and knows a thing or two about beer. Check him out at Metalsome Karaoke at the Roxy tomorrow!

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Our venue for this podcast was Atlanta’s own Sweetwater Brewery! They set us up with a fantastic tasting list including their new G13 “herb-infused” beer, Tropical Lover, Triple Tail, and Coffee Porter. Jake, a member of Sweetwater’s marketing team, will join in the later part of the podcast to guide our group through their tasting journey. Listen to the interview below to hear why this episode earns the title “The G13 Experience”.

Click the audio link below to listen, or listen at the Unfinished Business page here!

We had a great time and we’re looking forward to working more with our guests and hosts, and making more Interbrews! Keep an eye out for Episode 2!

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Who to See at DragonCon 2018: Part Two

Welcome back to the Gnome Queen’s ins-and-outs of Dragon Con 2018.

Let’s jump into the Performers of “Who to See”.

Beginning with the Brobdingnagian Bards of Austin, Texas, the group’s musical style has been described as a unique mix of Scottish and Irish traditional-folk music. Voted “Best Folk Act” at the 2007 Austin Music Awards, the Brobdingnagian Bards are back for another reunion show just for Dragon Con. So if you want to get in touch with your Celtic roots, these are the ones to see.

Next includes the self-described “bawdy, nerd-folk comedy band” The Misbehavin’ Madiens. The Misbehavin’ Madiens have incorporated their love for pirates (same) and performing together since 2012. The band’s musical style is a combination of feminism, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, sex-positive music, and much more. I’ll sure to be catch their  show, and of course take some pictures.  

If you’re into cello music with a meowing cat keyboard, then The Doubleclicks are the duo for you. Sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber have created songs involving dinosaurs, cats and Netflix since 2011. The Doubleclicks have also been featured on several NPR programs and their newest song “Afterparty for One (Frozen Pizza Song)” released this past February.

Another fan-focused band hails from the wizarding world of Charlotte, NC: Hawthorn & Holly. Since 2007, Hawthorn & Holly have been playing songs about Harry Potter and have cast a major spell in the wizard rock community. Along with HP, Hawthorn & Holly have also written songs about The Hunger Games, Dr. Who, and many other fandoms.

For those of you who truly want to be entertained, then the “geek-rock” god Tom Smith is the man to see. He incorporates pop culture, fantasy, adventure, and so much more all into one exciting show. Smith is adored by pretty much everyone who has seen him and has been performing at Dragon Con since 2004.

My two personally picks are DJ Nemesis, and Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas (keep drinking that hater-ade). DJ Nemesis is an amazing mix of techno, house, psychedelic and countless other genres. Nemesis has been a DJ since 1997 and has played all over the world.

Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas are a fun, rock ‘n’ roll dance-party that believes in having “as much fun as humanly possible”. The band features the beloved voice actor Tom Kenny, along with the Hi-Seas’ band leader Andy Paley. The Hi-Seas have a rotating cast of musicians who’ve toured and recorded with artists such as Lorde, Cheap Trick, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

You know I’ll be in the audience for both performances.

Finally, the Kings of Dragon Con’s “Who to See” Performers: Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC). Founded as a non-profit in 1984, the ARTC have been dedicated to the world of audio theatre (radio drama) and have adapted countless literary works from Bram Stoker to Robert Louis Stevenson. The ARTC’s first live performance: H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”, was presented at the inaugural Dragon Con in 1987 and have performed at every Dragon Con ever since.

They truly are Dragon Con royalty.

For the full Performers “Who to See” line-up, check out http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=performers_list

My next “Who to See” will include the Dragon Con 2018 “Guest” section.

See ya then!

Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl

Were you in Edgewood this weekend?

Well, an exciting event occurred this past Saturday: the first-ever Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl “The Clockwork Dungeon”.

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Hosted by the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons, the inaugural Bar-Crawl included 12 exciting Tabletop Games and 4 Team-Factions which each moved from Josytick Gamebar, The Beer Garden and Noni’s.

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Each Team-Faction began and ended at Level 5 with approximately 5 Adventurers per table not including their DM.

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Black Pudding at The Beer Garden
Adventurers, DMs, and Spectators were also encouraged to dress-up in their best cosplay.

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Black Pudding Faction
While I was unfortunately only able to come right before the Final Battle, the overall atmosphere of each bar had been incredibly enthusiastic.

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The Purple Worms at The Beer Garden

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The Beer Garden
While I do love my Joystick, I remained predominately at The Beer Garden with the Giant King and my BFF “Bartleby the Wise” from Raleigh, North Carolina.

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“I really enjoyed the experience of watching the Crawl and how everyone was cosplaying,” said Bartleby.

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Bartleby the Wise & The Gnome Queen
At 6 P.M., the initiative for the Final Battle was rolled.

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The Giant King as a Rogue
The monster? A Giant Red Slaad.

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The “Slaadi” are large bipedal frogs which can sometimes appear humanoid. A dire aspect of a Red Slaad is its ability to reproduce by infecting a living host, so this was no small Boss Fight.

The Boss Fight was designed uniquely for the Bar-Crawl experience; instead of health, the Slaad needed 30 consecutive hits to be defeated.

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The Purple Worm Faction
However, players needed to be very strategic in their approach. One wrong move, or missed dodge would leave an adventurer infected with a Slaad egg. These eggs, if allowed to mature, would erupt from the adventurer’s chest causing an instant death.

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The Pink Pixies at The Beer Garden
During the Final battle, the Pink Pixies had landed the most hits on the Red Slaad, but victory was an overall group effort with each Team-Faction contributing.

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The Raffle Prizes
The night concluded with an after-party which included a cosplay contest and a raffle for fun prizes.

All and all, the Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl was a resounding success and you all know that the Gnome Queen will be at the next one.

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Who to See at Dragon Con 2018: Part One

You know what’s happening Labor Day Weekend right?

That’s right, the one and only: Dragon Con.

Beginning in the fall of 1987, Dragon Con was founded on the combined interests of comic-book fans, gamers, and science-fiction readers. Since then, the convention has expanded into various fandoms, literary genres, and creative aspects of “nerdism”.

With my own love for comics (DC) and cosplaying, the Queen of the Gnomes is here to give you an all-access pass to the ins-and-outs of Dragon Con 2018.

With over 100 actors, writers, artists and more, this year’s “Who to See” is going to be the talk of the ATL.

For this article, I will be diving into some top picks for the “Featured” section for this year’s Con.

Starting with legendary comic-book artist: Scott Hanna; Hanna has been in the comic game for years and has worked with both DC and Marvel Comics. He is also one of the co-founders of the Arts and Fashion Institute.

Comic-book artist and writer: Joe Benitez has created works for DC and Image Comics. Benitez is also the creator of the Lady Mechanika and Wraithborn series

Author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a prime focus of my own personal pick-list. Kenyon is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and is known for her Dark Hunter series.

Comic-book and professional artist Sho Murase is to also make an appearance.  Murase is hands down one of my favorite artists and has created a variety of pieces for Disney, DC and Marvel. Her portfolio always includes a dark-twist and continues to expand on a global sphere.

And while I may be a DC lover at heart, I do enjoy Mike Colters portrayal of “hero to hire” Luke Cage. The newest season of Luke Cage is to premiere tomorrow on Netflix and damn does it look good.

The dream-man of so many Dr. Who and Torchwood fans, John Barrowman, will also be around to smile and swoon.

For my American Gods’ fans (both book and show), be on the look out for Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Demore Barns (Mr. Ibis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy). Season two couldn’t come fast enough.

The incredibly voice-actress Tara Strong will also be heard around the Con, and hopefully to stay.

For those of you who want some nostalgia, writer Christopher Paolini of the Inheritance Cycle, Roscoe Orman of Sesame Street (Gordon Robinson), and former professional wrestler Ric Flair will also be in attendance.

And finally, my own personally favorite, the voice of Spongebob himself: Tom Kenny! 

All of you judging me right now can drink your hater-ade somewhere else, because this man has voiced the greatest character in cartoon and meme history. There is no argument that will ever change my mind.

If you want the full line-up of Featured “Who to See”, check out  http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=featured_list

My next “Who to See” will focus on the Performers of Dragon Con 2018.

See ya then.

 

 

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The Atlanta Drunks & Dragons at Joystick Gamebar

Looking for a good game of Dungeons & Dragons?

Well, the Queen of the Gnomes of course knows where to go.

Down in the Old Fourth Ward at Joystick Gamebar, the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons have been hosting the popular role-playing game since September of 2017. With a diverse and welcoming group of Dungeon Masters (DM), the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons are always ready to connect players both new and old.

Started by Dr. Bradley Goodnight and his wife Dr. Jessica Goodnight, the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons have helped to create a world of gaming, fun and overall player-inclusivity.

“Our goals are to enjoy D&D without excluding anyone who wants to learn or get better,” said Dr. Bradley.

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The Atlanta Drunks & Dragons provide multiple “on-shot” and on-going campaigns with a variety of levels and characters.

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“On Tap” Campaigns

“When I’m a DM, I like to play the “Death House” campaign. Characters start at level 1, so the perils and dangers of the dungeon have more weight, and the choices have graver consequences,” said Dr. Bradley.

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The meet-ups take place Monday and Tuesday of each week, and all are welcome to the DM Happy Hour at 6:00 P.M. Around 7:15, each DM “pitches” their game idea, and players choose from there.

A noticeable (and amazing) aspect of the weekly meet-ups was the diversity between players. Dr. Jessica, who runs a women’s-only campaign table, believes in encouraging female players to partake in D&D regardless of their play-levels.

“We’re not here to judge others; we want everyone to feel welcome no matter how long they’ve been playing or if they’re a man or a woman.”

The women’s table currently has six-players and hopes to grow in the near future.

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Long-playing DM Chris also believes in making new-players feel at home within the D&D community.

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Chris, who has been with the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons since its conception, explained that his favorite part of the meet-ups was the overall camaraderie.

“Making new friends as an adult can be hard, but D&D is an excellent way to meet new people without feeling forced to.”

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The diversity of players includes all ages (over 21 of course it is at a bar), ethnicities and backgrounds ranging from psychologists and scientists, to thespians and stay-at-home parents.

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Even Joystick’s bartenders’ partake in the fun; manager and DM Jacob Tadych runs his own on-going campaign and is specialized in levels 8-15.

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“I love how in-person the game is; it gets people out and you never know who you could run into,” said Tadych.

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While I myself have only spectated D&D campaigns, the atmosphere and unique one-shot options provided by the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons has definitely piped my interest in playing.

I wonder what character the Gnome Queen will choose?

When asked about any upcoming events, DM Chris detailed the first-ever: “Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl”.

The Crawl is to take place at 12 P.M. June 23rd with twelve games occurring at Joystick, the Beer Garden and Noni’s. While tickets are unfortunately sold-out for game-play, spectators (over 21 duh) are more than welcome to move from each location for a strong drink and some serious fun. The Crawl will also include tarot card readings, D&D bingo, and an after-party at 7 P.M.

You know I’ll be there in all my Gnomey glory.

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So whether it’s for the adventure, friendships or simply the alcohol, make sure you come roll the dice with the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons.

 

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Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks

The 2018 Music Midtown Lineup is finally here! Tickets go on sale this Friday June, 15th at 10am. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Gucci Mane, Khalid, and more! This festival is known to have a diverse lineup that includes over 30 artists across four stages.

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Oceania Stage

Well by now you must know I’m a bit of an EDM lover. For those of you that follow the Atlanta EDM scene, you’ll know the biggest festival of them all is Imagine. And now that the Imagine Music Festival‘s 5 Year Anniversary 2018 artist lineup has been announced, it’s time to get hyped.

I feel as though Imagine is the spiritual successor in many ways to Tomorrow World, which was a shame to see go. But now that we have a staple music festival back I couldn’t be happier with Imagine. Last year’s festival was incredible. Pretty Lights, Seven Lions and Illenium back to back, and Flux? Can’t get much better than that.

Excepttt this year! Damn what a lineup. This is the best of Shaky Beats last year meets the best of Year 1 Tomorrow World (aka the best Tomorrow World). This is their 5 Year Anniversary festival, so I’m sure that has something to do with it.

For those of you that are EDM veterans, you’ll know the greats. Many of you will know the little guys. But with a lineup like this, we’d say this is the perfect opportunity for EDM newcomers. For those of you that are not as familiar with the artists attending this year’s festival, fear not!

We’ve put together a list of every artist for each stage of Imagine, with a description of their style and a few sample songs. We will be writing up articles like this for each stage of the festival, and then (once the schedule is announced) each day of the festival.

We hope you’ll be able to show up at the start of the festival each day (not 6pm) and find a new artist to love. Even if you’re an EDM vet, check out the little guys – you might be surprised.

This article is for Imagine’s main stage – Oceania. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order. Keep an eye out more articles on Imagine’s other stages!

 

Oceania Stage

Armin Van Buuren

Armin is widely accepted as one of EDM’s most widely influential artists. This is a definite must-see, with a healthy helping of lasers. His genre is primarily old school trance.

Bassnectar

Bassnectar is one of the most recognized must-see acts in EDM. His annual New Years Eve (no duh) shows are killer, and while I’ve never seen him in festival style I have to believe he’ll bring it like always. Expect a medley of the heavy and deep.

Kaskade

Oh man do I love Kaskade. Saw him for the first time at Shaky last year, but I’ve been following him since maybe 2011 so it’s been some time coming. He has so many, so many songs I love. Classics and melodic, just wonderful progressive house all around. He’s made the pop circuit with songs like “Fakin’ It” in the past few years, but he’s so much better than that. This guy is probably responsible for getting me into EDM.

Alesso

It’s funny, last time Alesso was here I don’t think most people would have known who he was. Now he’s here after his radio hit “Cool” and well, he’s a pretty common name. But don’t think that the pop Alesso is the only Alesso – he’s collaborated with the greats to make a name for himself as one of the greatest electronic artists out there, spanning genres from progressive house to trance to pop with ease. He even has a song with Hailey Steinfeld out now, because why not? He has his new songs, but man it’s always the classics that kill it when it comes to Alesso.

Galantis

Man, I have to be honest I have some real mixed feelings about Galantis. They solidified their status as electronic greats with their pop-electronic hit Runaway. They then absolutely killed it with songs like Firebird and Peanut Butter Jelly. But I feel as time goes on they’re following the (strange) trend of high pitched voices in EDM. Who started this? Can we stop? Please stop. Here’s to hoping they play the older stuff.

RL Grime

If it’s the ATL, you know it’s all about that TRAP. And good lawd, we have the God of Trap in the house, RL Grime himself. If you don’t like Trap, this is the man to show you the light. If you do like Trap, you know RL Grime. Simple as that. Note – he also has some mellow songs like “Stay for It”. Just realize that it’s a festival, so mellow isn’t the move. He’ll play the song, but everything is heavier in festivals.

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead baby! Any Die Hard fans in the house? No? Ok. Well this duo has been making the rounds in the electronic scene for years and just doing a phenomenal job. From day 1 they’ve had a unique sound and I can honestly say that they haven’t lost a touch of it to this day. Here’s an oldie (some say the oldest) and a new song so you can see what I mean.

Adventure Club

Story time! In 2012 I didn’t have a car, didn’t have a friend with a car, and barely had a ticket to Counterpoint. All I knew was that Adventure Club was playing, and I frickin love Adventure Club. Sadly none of my friends wanted to see Adventure Club, or were even attending the festival that day. So I took a taxi (Uber wasn’t a thing back then) from Atlanta to the festival grounds, alone, and managed to find what I thought were the grounds. Turns out, NOPE. So I walk for about a half hour, find my way into the festival grounds, navigate to Adventure Club, and have the single best time ever. After that I had an interesting time navigating back, which did involve walking through a pitch black forest through the night and trying to hail a cab on the side of the highway but man was it all worth it. Adventure Club absolutely reinvented EDM and dubstep in the day. Their mastery of vocal and audio slicing and editing is just incredible. Theirs is the only full length mix I’ll put on this page – only because it is a true masterpiece. Please everyone do yourselves a favor and listen to Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 1.

Getter

I don’t know why he calls himself Getter, all I know is he gets absolutely wild. This is gonna be a heavy show and you’re going to love every minute of it.

The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob has been around since literally forever, and they’ve earned their place as one of the most well-known rhythmic electronic groups out there. These guys could have sold out years ago and props to them for keepin on.

12th Planet

12th Planet runs some oldschool dubstep. Can’t go wrong there!

Bear Grillz

Bear Grillz is sure to be a heavy show – think heavy dubstep/house with a good deal of heavy metal influence. Not usually my cup o tea, but for a festival it’s great for getting the crowd going.

Leah Culver

You may be thinking – hey I know that name! Well you should. Leah Culver has been featured on countless tracks and is a phenomenal vocalist in her own right. She’s been featured on tracks with Marshmello, Yultron, you name it. Her solo stuff will be more on the pop side.

Liquid Stranger

Liquid Stranger is lesser known, but for those of you that are into the true atmospheric EDM movement you’ll be well at home. I actually got into Liquid Stranger at first from Gramatik, so if you’re a fan you may want to give a listen.

Riot Ten

Is it just me or does anybody else miss the days with the old school dubstep-rap combo? Riot Ten nails that sound. Want a little somethin softer? Their forte is the heavy dub and trap, but they can do the mellow too.

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What is a festival ground if not a really big room? Get ready for some big room house.

Eddie Gold

He’s a smaller artist, but he can run trap like a pro. Here’s to hoping he gets a nice break with this festival!

Kevin Flum

Kevin Flum is a rapper! He’s been around a while, so if you’re into rap he’ll be a healthy break from just EDM and Trap all weekend.

Midnite Panda

DJs Midnite Panda have been a festival regular since they won the “Counterpoint Submission Mix” contest. They killed it there, and they’ve been a solid staple ever since.

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A rock band at an EDM festival? I’m not complaining. These guys clearly have some 90s grunge influence, and some heavy Ozzy vibes.

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DJs and remixes with a whole lotta Trap. It was tough wading through Christian sermon videos on youtube to find these videos.

A Memorial Day Weekend

What a Memorial Weekend! As you all know by now, this Queen of the Gnomes loves going out and having fun with friends. And what better way to kick-off the summer season than in Edgewood and Decatur?

My weekend began Friday night where I attended a humorous game of Pathfinder. The game began around 7 and concluded at the late hour of 2 A.M. Only 5 characters were taken hostage, and unfortunately we’ll only know of their dark fate at the next encounter. (I don’t understand a word I just said either).

The next day, I was up early at 8 A.M. (I know horrendous) to head over to Dad’s Garage in Edgewood. Here, I was allowed an exclusive look at their upcoming web-series: “The Garage”. The series follows a dramatization of the lives of a few of the Improvisers which includes my loving Giant King. As of now, filming is set to wrap around June summer and will premier later this year.

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Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

My next activity was a 4-mile jog around the Atlanta BeltLine. If you haven’t adventured around the BeltLine, I definitely suggest the Eastside Trail which hits most of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward areas. The scenery and Graffiti highlight the uniqueness and beauty of the ATL, and showcases the creativity of many local aspiring artists.

Afterwards, I spent the rest of my day and evening at Joystick playing Guess Who and Mad Gab. Joystick is one of my favorite bars in due to the ever-changing cocktail menu and game options. While I may have lost each round of Mad Gab (I had never played before), the Memorial Weekend was going incredibly well.

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Joystick Gamebar

On Sunday, I again started my day over in the Edgewood area, this time at Krog Street Market. The Market was bustling with locals and out-of-towners, both of whom were in complete awe of the food stalls and shops. The Market features a variety of restaurants from Bar Mercado to Richard’s Southern Fried Chicken. I myself was on a business venture where unfortunately I had to remain strong in the face food of temptation. It was difficult, but I preserved.

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Victory Sandwich Luau

Later on, I attended the annual Victory Sandwich Luau in Decatur Square. The Luau had an unlimited BBQ buffet and offered a variety of new summer drinks.  My order: “Sucker In a Three Piece”; think a Manhattan, but stronger.

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Food Menu and Sucker In a Three Piece

While I awaited for the Giant King, I made my way over to the SOS Tiki Bar. Here I met Christin, who explained that her friend John was from out of town and wanted to know where they should go next.

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This Queen of the Gnomes of course had the hook-up. For beer I suggested Twain’s, The Square Pub, and Brick Store; Raging Burrito & Taco for margaritas, and live music at Eddie’s Attic. Once the Giant King arrived, I parted ways with my new friends and wished them a happy bar-hop. For the rest of the evening, the Giant King and I partied around Victory and ended our night with a game of Bocce Ball at Leon’s Full Service. After the long, cold winter I finally regained my title as Queen of Bocce Ball which had been lost back in October.

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On Memorial Day, I began at the Stone Summit Climbing Gym for a hearty cardio and bouldering workout. For those of you interested in a new type of exercise, I thoroughly recommend climbing at Stone Summit. With three locations in Midtown, North Atlanta, and Kennesaw, Stone Summit provides a fun and unique way to get fit and meet new people.

I then ended my weekend at one of my friend’s houses for cookout where I grilled an assortment of chicken, hotdogs, and veggies.

It was definitely an exciting weekend for this Gnome Queen and hopefully you all had just as much fun.

 

 

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Sunday Fun-day with Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions

Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern on Piedmont Park kicked off in April, but don’t fear there are more to hear. There are 15 more acts to kick off, running until early September. So bring your dancing shoes, but leave your dollar bills behind because this concert series if FREE. Well maybe bring some mullah to enjoy some SweetWater.

Park tavern serves great bar food and even sushi. If you want something more peaceful there are table towards the back that have a gorgeous view of the park, but make sure to get there early to snag a spot. For the full list of sunset sessions check their schedule.

Make a day of it

Piedmont Park has a lot to offer and is a great place to people watch, play lawn games, and cool off at their pool. We personally enjoy KanJam, but I know the southern tradition of corn hole might take precedence. Sunset sessions would be a great way to cap off a full day of ATL activities. We have two treks for you.

West to East Trek

Start: The Nook

  • Wash down some Totchos with their “meal in itself” their full size bloody mary. This bloody mary includes a hard boiled egg, steak, and tater tots.

Middle: The East Side Lawn

  • Bring a lawn game, a bluetooth speaker, and a blanket.

End: Sunset Sessions

North to South Trek

Start: Rent a bike

  • Relay bike is a convenient way to not worry about lugging or owning a bike. There is a bike rental at the start of the east side trail right by Krog Street Market with a drop point right in front of Park Tavern.

Middle: “The Cool Down” King of Pops or Victory Sandwich Bar

  • You might be getting toasty by this point, so what better way to cool off than to get a tasty popsicle from the King of Pops headquarters or a dickel and coke slushie from Victory Sandwich Bar! Victory just introduced a rose slushie this summer which is now available on Saturday and Sunday at the outside trailer.

Middle 2: New Realm Brewery

  • Not even a year old New Realm Brewery off the beltline is a fun place to stop for suds. If your in the mood for food there is a restaurant downstairs and upstairs is the tasting room where you can catch some views of the atlanta skyline.

End: Drop Bike / Sunset Sessions

  • You can drop your Relay bike off at Park Tavern on the side that faces the park.

Meet-and-Greet with Diego the Sea Lion

While most of Atlanta was getting ready for another Monday morning at the office, this Gnome Queen was in for a very special and unique treat.

Where was I? The world-famous Georgia Aquarium, specifically at the Sea Lion Exhibit where the Giant King and I had an amazing meet-and-greet [and smooch] with the King Sea Lion himself: Diego.

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Diego is the biggest of all the Georgia Aquarium’s Sea Lions, weighing in at over 500 lbs! At 14-years-old, Diego is also the oldest of all the Sea Lions and has been at the Georgia Aquarium since 2006.

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Despite his size, Diego is an extremely sweet and loving pinniped to all his trainers’ and care-takers.

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The Giant King and I were able to pet and receive kisses from Diego, as well as, many memorable photos.

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Trainers, Beth and Josh, explained that Diego is one of the calmest and most relaxed of all the male Sea Lions they have ever encountered. His favorite food includes a variety of different fish and he enjoys playing with many of the younger Sea Lions such as Neptune and Peaches.

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You can see Diego and all of the Sea Lion’s at the Georgia Aquarium’s daily Under the Boardwalk Sea Lion Presentation.

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